Kitchen Table Time Capsule

I heard this brilliant idea from author and podcast host Gretchen Rubin during her Happier podcast: take a yearly photo of your kitchen bench, but not when it’s neat and everything is put away. 

Take a photo when it’s cluttered – when it tells the story of your family life at the time.  

Was that the year your son was obsessed with peanut butter?  Can you see school books to one side? A favourite pair of glasses?  

In the future, these are the photos we will pore over, like archaeologists digging into every little detail that reminds us of the years that were, and I don’t want you to miss a thing. 

This week, snap a photo of your messy kitchen bench – because one day that photo will mean the world.

Until next time,


PS Do you find yourself lost for words when your child hits you with a tricky question or statement? (I’m so fat. I don’t have any friends at school. When can I quit basketball? When can I start wearing make-up? I have a boyfriend!) Let me help you navigate these moments with my Tricky Conversations ebook. Think of it like a cheat-sheet for those curve-ball moments.


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Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.

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